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  • New AEERS System Required for Calendar Year 2016 Emission Inventory  - 

    Air emission inventories for the 2016 calendar year are due June 30, 2017. The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) requires that facilities complete the emission inventories using the Air Emission Electronic Reporting System »

  • State Hazardous Waste Management Program Revisions  - 

    On March 20, 2017, Alabama received final authorization from EPA to change to its hazardous waste program under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Specifically, Alabama will require generators to maintain in their onsite records, »

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  • NPRI Reports Due June 1, 2017  - 

    A friendly reminder that the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI) reports are due June 1, 2017 for Calendar Year 2016. The NPRI is Canada's publicly accessible inventory of containing information on disposal and other releases of over 300 »

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British Columbia

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  • California Emissions Estimator Model (CalEEMod) Update  - 

    The California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA), in collaboration with the California Air Districts, has released an updated version of the California Emissions Estimator Model (CalEEMod). CalEEMod provides a uniform platform to »

  • BAAQMD Halts Proposed Rule 12-16 Affecting Petroleum Refiners  - 

    The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) has announced the suspension of proposed Regulation 12, Rule 16: Petroleum Refining Greenhouse Gas Emission Limits. The suspended action comes after the state's amendment to Assembly Bill 398 (AB »

  • South Coast Air Quality Management District Proposed Amended Rule 1118.1  - 

    The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) held its first working group meeting on August 25, 2017 for Proposed Amended Rule (PAR) 1118.1 - Control of Emissions from Non-Refinery Flares. The purpose of this rule is to reduce emissions »

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  • Noise and Odor Issues  - 

    Noise and odor complaints are increasing in the Front Range. The Denver Post recently reported that noise complaints in the vicinity of some production wells have increased by threefold over the last few years. The Post article provides a link to a »

  • Comment Period for the Emission Reduction Credit Program Ending  - 

    The Air Pollution Control Division has requested comments on the Emission Reduction Credit Program contained in Regulation 3, Part A, Section V. While the division's primary goal is to obtain comments on proposed changes to program forms and »

  • Rulemaking Hearing to Address Reasonably Available Control Technology  - 

    The Air Quality Control Commission will meet in October to consider revisions to control requirements for emission sources of NOx and VOC. Though targeted at the Front Range, control requirements could be extended statewide as Colorado continues to »

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  • New National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System General Permit  - 

    The new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit (IGP) will be effective June 1, 2017. With the issuance of the new permit, eReporting is required for submittal of both the Notice of Intent (NOI) and compliance forms. »

  • New Georgia Toxics Guidelines  - 

    The EPD has updated their Guideline for Ambient Impact Assessment of Toxic Air Pollutants ("the Guideline"). This latest revision is dated March 2017 and was uploaded to EPD's website on April 19, 2017. The last revisions to the Guideline were »

  • EPD Proposes to Revise the SIP Rules for Permit Requirements  - 

    The EPD is proposing to revise GRAQC Rule 391-3-1-.03(8)(c) by removing Paragraph 16, Additional Provisions for PM2.5 Non-Attainment Areas. This regulatory action is a result of the Atlanta metropolitan statistical area (MSA) being redesignated to »

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  • Illinois NPDES e-Reporting Tool  - 

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) submitted an application to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on July 19, 2017 to seek approval to allow for electronic reporting towards USEPA's approved State of »

  • Further Revisions to the Definition of Solid Waste Rule  - 

    On July 7, 2017, the U.S. District Court vacated two pieces of the 2015 Definition of Solid Waste rule.The court ruled that EPA's fourth legitimacy criteria (an exempt recycled product must be comparable to an existing product) reaches beyond »

  • Ozone Standards in Illinois SIP Updated  - 

    The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) submitted a revised version of the Illinois State Implementation Plan (IL SIP) to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) on August 6, 2016 in order to update the rules as »

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  • Quarterly Air Quality Client Contact Call Highlights - May 25, 2017  - 

    IDNR discussed the budget, which included $1.3 million in cuts. Additional funding constraints are arising in light of the federal budget proposed cuts to U.S. EPA budget, not requiring fees for Title V modifications, additional staff time »

  • Request for Stakeholders  - 

    The IDNR is requesting for business representatives to participate as members of the 2017 Air Quality Program Funding Workgroup. The group will reexamine and provide feedback on current fees for air permitting, emission fees, and asbestos »

  • Title V Application Assistance  - 

    The IDNR has developed draft documents with the assistance of the Title V Business Workgroups after input from the 2016 Title V Lean Events. The documents address optional pre-meetings for hands-on assistance with Title V applications and also »

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  • Outlook on Kansas Air Regulatory Agenda  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) is working on revisions to their air regulations in order to:Incorporate by reference the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) that were in effect by July 1, 2016.Incorporate by reference the »

  • Forecast on Kansas Air Regulatory Agenda  - 

    The Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) is working on revisions to air regulations in order to:Update Class I operating permit application and emission fee requirements.Amend Class II operating permit application fees and emission »

  • Kansas Sets Minor Source Baseline Dates for PSD Increment Consumption  - 

    In February 2012, the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) commenced a due diligence effort to properly document the effective minor source baseline dates. This labor intensive task included the review of 27 PSD permits issued by EPA to »

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  • New Proposed Rule in Maryland - NOx RACT  - 

    In the May 29, 2015 Maryland Register, the Maryland Secretary of the Environment proposed a new regulation under a new chapter, Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) 26.11.38 Control of NOx Emissions from Coal-Fired Electric Generating Units. On the »

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  • Revisions to Michigan's Hazardous Waste Regulations  - 

    The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) finalized changes to its hazardous waste regulations, Part 111, Hazardous Waste Management, on April 5, 2017. The changes were made to keep Michigan's hazardous waste management program »

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  • NDEQ's Air Division Staffing Status  - 

    As part of NDEQ's Environmental Update Meeting that took place in May, the Air Division discussed staffing changes and process streamlining efforts that were being implemented to increase the turnaround time of issuing permits following receipt of »

  • NDEQ Proposed Changes to Various Chapters of Title 129  - 

    Previous month's editions of Trinity's Nebraska Regulatory Update have detailed proposed changes to Title 129 of the Nebraska Administrative Code and where the changes were in the process of becoming final. The proposed updates to various chapters »

  • Nebraska Public Records  - 

    Nebraska is one of only a few states that makes all public records received by the agency available through their website. Records date back to April of 2011 and can include applications, permits, correspondence with the agency, information »

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New Hampshire

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New Mexico

  • Proposed Permit Waivers and Air Quality Nofiications for Certain Source Categories  - 

    The Environmental Health Department (EHD) at the City of Albuquerque (CABQ) has proposed a regulation, 20.11.39 NMAC, which will allow certain facilities, in the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County, to apply for permit waivers. This proposed »

  • New General Condition for Excess Emission Reporting  - 

    Recently, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) added a new General Condition to the regular and streamline New Source Review (NSR) and Title V permits. Prior to this change, reporting for excess emissions resulting from regulated sources »

  • Updates to Air Dispersion Modeling Guidelines  - 

    The New Mexico Air Quality Bureau (AQB) has revised their Air Dispersion Modeling Guidelines on August 8, 2017. There are several important changes since the previous September 1, 2016 version, which are described below.New Meteorological Data »

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New York

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North Dakota

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  • TSCA Lookback Reporting due February 7 2018  - 

    The Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) Inventory Notification (Active-Inactive) Requirements Rule was published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2017. Manufacturers have 180 days from this date to submit a list of chemicals manufactured or »

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  • ODEQ Construction Stormwater General Permit  - 

    The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has issued the "General Permit OKR10 for Stormwater Discharges from Construction Activities within the State Of Oklahoma". This permit will replace Construction General Permit (CGP) OKR10, which »

  • DEQ Updates Its Modeling Guidelines  - 

    One year after the last publication, DEQ revised its Modeling Guidelines again in June 2017. Many of the revisions involve simple updates to referenced materials such as EPA websites. The more substantive changes were largely due to EPA's revised »

  • Proposed 2017 Construction General Permit OKR10  - 

    The current CGP expires on September 17, 2017. The DEQ is proposing a new CGP. A public comment meeting is to be held on August 23rd at DEQ headquarters.The draft CGP has been streamlined but many of the requirements remain unchanged. The DEQ is »

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  • Oregon Toxics Rulemaking Update and Risk Assessments  - 

    The Oregon toxics rulemaking process and program overhaul started in April 2016 and is expected to wrap up with final rules by early 2018. Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) recently proposed a set of options known as the "proposed »

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  • Mandatory Electronic Submittal of PA Emissions Inventory Reports  - 

    In the June 17, 2017 Pennsylvania Bulletin, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) published a notice that it will begin requiring all sources subject to the air emission inventory provisions under 25 PA Code § 135.3 to »

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Rhode Island

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South Dakota

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  • Redesignation of the Knoxville 2006 24-Hour PM2.5 Nonattainment Area to Attainment  - 

    On December 20, 2016, TDEC submitted a request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette, TN fine particulate matter (PM2.5) nonattainment area to attainment area for the 2006 24-hour PM2.5 »

  • TDEC Show of the South  - 

    Wes Younger of Trinity's Atlanta office spoke on new air emission regulations for landfills at the Environmental Show of the South on May 18, 2017 in Chattanooga. The Show of the South, in its 46th year, included over 1,200 registrants and 163 »

  • Chemical Plant - Accidental Release Quantification  - 

    Trinity assisted a chemical plant in Tennessee with quantifying the amount of chemical released due to a ruptured gasket. The ruptured gasket cause a visible plume of the chemical released and resulted in partial filling of an associated containment »

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  • Texas Tier II Reporting 2017 Reports  - 

    Due to ongoing Hurricane Harvey response and recovery efforts, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) decided to postpone the rollout of the new Tier II Online reporting system that was previously going to be required for 2017 »

  • Texas General Stormwater Permitting Updates: Stormwater Construction General Permit  - 

    The current Texas Stormwater Construction General Permit Number TXR150000 will expire on March 5, 2018. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) held a public hearing on the new version of the General Construction Permit on September 18, »

  • TCEQ Change to Reporting Requirements in Response to Hurricane Harvey  - 

    On August 24, 2017, the Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) issued regulatory guidance relating to activities during and immediately following Hurricane Harvey. Texas Governor Greg Abbot has issued suspension »

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  • SIP Review Delayed to December Air Quality Board Meeting  - 

    The Utah Division of Air Quality (UDAQ) is progressing with the development of the Provo, Salt Lake, and Logan PM2.5 Serious Nonattainment State Implementation Plans (SIPs). It is currently determining through regional modeling, if the National »

  • SIP Review Occurring during October Air Quality Board Meeting  - 

    The Utah Division of Air Quality (UDAQ) is progressing with the development of the Provo, Salt Lake, and Logan PM2.5 Serious Nonattainment State Implementation Plans (SIPs). It is currently determining through regional modeling, if the National »

  • Utah AQB Hearing for PM2.5 Non-Attainment SIP Amendments  - 

    The Utah Air Quality Board (AQB) held a public hearing on July 27 to discuss proposed new amendments to the Utah State Implementation Plan (SIP), which provides additional requirements to Utah's severe PM2.5 non-attainment areas. The Utah AQB stated »

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  • DEQ Releases Draft Power Plant CO2 Trading Rule, Hearing November 16  - 

    On the evening of the gubernatorial election, DEQ released a draft power plant trading rule via the posted agenda and minibook for the upcoming Air Pollution Control Board (APCB) meeting to be held at 10:00 am on November 16. Development of the »

  • VA DEQ Publishes Final NOx SIP Call Rule  - 

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first addressed the transport of nitrogen oxides (NOx) across state lines with the NOx Budget Trading Program, which was implemented via the NOx State Implementation Plan (SIP) Call. The NOx State SIP »

  • Virginia Air Pollution Control Board Rejects Petition Reducing CO2 in the Commonwealth  - 

    On September 25, 2017, the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board (APCB) rejected a petition to limit and reduce total carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution in the Commonwealth by 30% by 2030 from electric generating units. The petition for the rulemaking »

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  • Recent Reporting Updates for ROP C Permit Holders  - 

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) has recently made certain reporting requirements available to Type C Registration Operation (ROP C) permit holders (i.e., printers). Starting this year, ROP C permit holders can submit their air »

  • Coming Soon in Wisconsin  - 

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is undergoing various air dispersion modeling and permitting updates, such as:Processing new meteorological data for air dispersion modeling. This data will reflect a more recent five-year period »

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  • Winter time emissions inventories Deadline Approaching  - 

    Do you own an oil and gas facility in the UGRB (Upper Green River Basin) area? Click here for a map to determine if your facility falls in this area.Actual emissions inventories and production information is required of both major and minor, oil and »

  • Updates to Wyoming Air Quality Standards and Regulations  - 

    On January 3, 2017 the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality announced updates to the Wyoming Air Quality Standards and Regulations (WAQSR) that became effective on December 20, 2017. The following sections have been updated:Chapter 2: Ambient »

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